Basic Training for New Dads is a unique program that brings "rookie" fathers-to-be together with "veteran" dads. The veterans also share their babies, when available, with the rookies for hands-on training, and demonstrate how to hold, comfort, diaper, swaddle, relieve gas/colic and play with an infant. The two and one half hour program is focused, humorous and informational. The Child Abuse Council sponsors this free program.
Focus on These 3 Main Areas
- The time leading up to the birth - getting you and your house in order (packing your bag, making the house safe, getting you ready for what is about to happen).
- The actual physical birth / time at the hospital - from a guys perspective, what happens, what emotions do you feel, things to be prepared for.
- Leaving the hospital, coming home, forming that parenting team, bonding with your baby (how to change, swaddle, burp, etc.).
In all 3 of these time-frames, we stress the importance of safety, communication and building the strongest parenting team with your significant other.